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The Seven Year Itch Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
July 26, 2014
Marilyn Monroe comedy is cute but won't interest most kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
March 30, 2014
Monroe takes over the movie the minute she appears onscreen, wearing impossible outfits and telling the most ridiculous stories with the lightest touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Delmore Schwartz
The New Republic
January 23, 2013
Despite the script's cleverness, the presence of Tom Ewell, who is a first rate comedian and Oscar Homolka, who has long been a first rate actor, the entire film continually misses fire and fizzles out, like defective fireworks.
Emanuel Levy
August 2, 2012
Though not one of Billy Wilder's good films, this sex farce is symptomatic of the mores of the 1950s, offering Marilyn a part that's variation of her "dumb" blondes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2009
Very dated and not consistently funny but famous for the iconic Marilyn air-vent shot and a close to the under-wire smuttiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 13, 2008
One of Marilyn Monroe's indispensable films.

May 28, 2008
Possibly Marilyn Monroe's finest film. What further recommendation do you need?
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Variety Staff
August 15, 2007
What counts is that laughs come thick and fast, that the general entertainment is light and gay.

TV Guide
August 15, 2007
This is probably Monroe's best known film, largely thanks to the scene in which a rush of air from a subway grating sends her skirt flying up around her shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2007
Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 15, 2007
Ruined by too much interference from insiders and outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Diana Saenger
June 29, 2006
Marilyn Monroe is a temptress in this delightful comedy.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Monroe flaunts her attributes too blatantly, and seems less human because of it, while George Axelrod's play, fresh and risqué in the '50s, now appears a little obvious and over-plotted.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 19, 2005
So arresting is Monroe's presence that when she's not on-screen, we wait impatiently, wondering, Where have you gone, Mrs. DiMaggio?
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003
Solid adaptation of the play, but far from Wilder's best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
I find this movie to be a definitive Marilyn Monroe movie that happened to also have a pretty witty script.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 25, 2001
The Seven Year Itch is certainly a key film for the classic Monroe image...
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 9, 2001
All told, the screenplay's butchery lends a mesmerizing vagueness to the proceedings...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Miss Monroe clearly plays the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The Seven Year Itch (1955) is a delightful, sophisticated and witty farce, using to the fullest extent the mordant humor of director Billy Wilder
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